Good News—Bad News: The Medicare Cap Story A critical segment of reimbursement for dysphagia services (Medicare Part B) is under change at this time. As most speech-language pathologists know, section 4541 (c) of the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 (P.L. 105-33) caps physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services provided under Medicare Part B ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 1998
Good News—Bad News: The Medicare Cap Story
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Professional Practice
Article   |   July 01, 1998
Good News—Bad News: The Medicare Cap Story
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), July 1998, Vol. 7, 15-16. doi:10.1044/sasd7.2.15
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), July 1998, Vol. 7, 15-16. doi:10.1044/sasd7.2.15
A critical segment of reimbursement for dysphagia services (Medicare Part B) is under change at this time. As most speech-language pathologists know, section 4541 (c) of the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 (P.L. 105-33) caps physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services provided under Medicare Part B at $1,500 per patient per year. This law takes effect on January 1, 1999 and applies to patients receiving Part B services in a rehabilitation agency, skilled nursing facility, public health agency, or comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility. Without a significant change in the law as currently written, patients may be denied access to the level of care that they require and may be forced to choose between walking, talking, or eating.
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